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Earthquake strikes central Myanmar; tremors felt in Northeast, Bengal, Bihar

A powerful earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale, hit north-central Myanmar on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, with tremors felt around the region.

People stand outdoors after they rushed out of their offices following tremors in Kolkata on Wednesday.

The quake, which the agency said struck at a depth of 84 km, swayed high-rise buildings in the Thai capital of Bangkok, AFP journalists reported.

According to latest reports, at least three people including two children, have been killed. The quake also damaged some of the famous pagodas in the Southeast Asian nation’s ancient capital of Bagan.

The epicentre was near Chauk, a town on the Irrawaddy River several hundred kilometres northwest of Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.

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